Early Vote by Mail & Absentee Ballots

Massachusetts voters now have the option to vote early by mail in all elections, with no excuse required. The Secretary of State will mail a second round of application postcards in September to registered voters that have not already applied for a vote by mail ballot for the 2022 State Election.



If you did not receive an application postcard to vote by mail, submit a signed application to the Town Clerk's Office. 

Paper applications must be completed with a wet signature and mailed or delivered to our office. Applications may also be emailed as PDFs or JPEGs so long as they contain wet signatures made by pen, mouse, stylus, or finger. Typed signatures are not acceptable. If you would like a hard copy of the application mailed to you, please call the Town Clerk's Office at 781-721-7130  or email us at townclerk@winchester.us 

You may also write a note/letter stating that you would like to receive a vote by mail ballot and submit by mail or email to townclerk@winchester.us


Ballots are mailed with a pre-addressed, unstamped return envelope. Complete instructions are enclosed with each ballot for the proper return of the ballot.

Returning Your Ballot

Completed ballots may be mailed back or hand-delivered to drop boxes located in the front and back of Town Hall at 71 Mt. Vernon Street or directly to the Town Clerk's Office located on the first floor.

Ballots cannot be dropped off at a polling place on Election Day.

For the November 8, 2022 State Election, ballots returned in person or by drop box must be delivered by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots returned by mail from inside the United States must reach our office by 5 p.m. on November 11, 2022 in order to be counted. Mailed ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day can only be counted if they are postmarked by Election Day.

For all other elections, ballots must reach our office by the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted.

Use the Secretary of State's Track My Ballot tool to check the status of your ballot. The tracker will show you the date your ballot was mailed, the date it was returned, and whether your ballot was accepted or rejected.

Absentee Ballots

In addition to no-excuse early voting by mail, Massachusetts has absentee voting for those who qualify. While early Vote by Mail ballots are more common, there are special circumstances where you need to apply for an absentee ballot instead.

You can find information on Vote By Mail and Absentee ballots on the state's elections website.